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Hub Pages is faltering?

  1. ThompsonPen profile image78
    ThompsonPenposted 5 years ago

    Hub Pages is faltering?

    I keep seeing things on forums about Hubpages "tanking" or going down hill or traffic slowing or whatever. Is this just a lull on the internet since it's a busier time, or is Hubpages becoming a lesser place to be a part of?

  2. Goody5 profile image71
    Goody5posted 5 years ago

    It's really a very interesting time here at the hub pages. It sure does look as though things are going down hill, however I hope that's not the case. I've even written a hub about the recent decline which I hope comes to an end soon - http://goody5.hubpages.com/hub/Google-vs-the-Hub-Pages  I'm here just for fun, and I hope you keep on hubbing  smile

  3. PaulGoodman67 profile image99
    PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago

    Hubpages has had a challenging time over the past 18 months.  Traffic was higher before that.  Google have introduced a series of changes to how they calculate where pages appear in the rankings of their Search results and Hubpages has suffered as a result. 

    Hubpages have been attempting to make changes to win favor back from Google but it has been a long process with more downs than ups. 

    I am cautiously optimistic about the future of Hubpages, but there are many who are less positive.

    1. ThompsonPen profile image78
      ThompsonPenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Surely it's like anything really, just the roll with the trends. That doesn't mean things won't come back around, certainly

  4. JoanCA profile image86
    JoanCAposted 5 years ago

    I have two accounts and both have been doing fine. But Google's constant changes are pretty frustrating. I'm hoping Hubpages can meet the challenge.

  5. mattforte profile image92
    mattforteposted 5 years ago

    This conversation is getting old. Omg people's views are dropping hub pages is failing blah blah blah. Google just updated the algorithm and it drastically changed searches. I lost traffic and have since gotten almost all of it back. Some people have improved. Your performance  hon hubpages has nothing to do with hubpages itseld...and everything to do with your own ability to attract viewers and adapt to Google' ever developing changes

    1. ThompsonPen profile image78
      ThompsonPenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's basically what I was thinking, I was just seeing if there actually was something more to it or not

    2. Dale Hyde profile image84
      Dale Hydeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow with all the experience you have of all 21 hubs behind your wisdom, lol.

  6. Alexander Mark profile image83
    Alexander Markposted 5 years ago

    It's discouraging to see my monthly "income" drop. I'm not against the changes HP has made, although I certainly liked the formatting from last year a lot more, but I think they may be trying too hard to make Google happy. For now, my opinion is that they need to do what made HP a great place in the first place and stop trying to turn it into Twitter or Facebook. Most changes are driven by short term profit :-(

    1. mattforte profile image92
      mattforteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      How is it anything like Facebook or twitter? The format improvements aren't just to please Google...the they're to please visitors, and they're great IMHO.

    2. Alexander Mark profile image83
      Alexander Markposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Just saw your comment mattforte. A few examples: the stupid "like" button. Unable to find any articles that aren't getting hits on a person's profile pages. Maybe you noticed how content is centered with space on the left and right on this page?

  7. Ericdierker profile image56
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    I think it is generally understood that HP is having some issues that are reflected in how well folk's hubs do.
    But what I do not get is; why there is so little direct instruction about what we as hubbers can do to make the situation better. Has Google implemented prohibitions on helping clients do a better job?

    1. Barbara Kay profile image90
      Barbara Kayposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Be sure you read the Hubpage Learning Center Articles. http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents  This is all of the advice anyone can offer at this time.

  8. Barbara Kay profile image90
    Barbara Kayposted 5 years ago

    I think it would help if everyone encouraged everyone else instead of complaining. My traffic is still good, but I put a lot of work into updating pages. It is important to keep the content fresh.

    I've gone through losing traffic from Google several times and I complained too at those time. I stuck it out though and it always bounced back. Hubpages always works their hardest to help traffic return.

    I suggest saving your content on your computer for safety sake. Then be patient.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image84
      Dale Hydeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This does away with the concept that was pushed by HP about passive income.  Not having to continually update your content to keep it fresh.  I have articles up on my own sites that are years old that have never been updated and rank well on Google.

  9. innerspin profile image93
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    I'm still relatively new here, indeed to writing on the web, as I don't use facebook, blogs etc. It does worry me slightly that people who say hubpages are failing may be part of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Surely if we all keep our heads down and do our best, things will pick up. What purpose does it serve to spread doom and gloom? ( Not getting at you for your question. There have been lots of similar forum posts.) Maybe I'm being an ostritch, but why fuel the fire by suggesting there's a problem? For all I know, this is the way of the web.

  10. Deborah-Diane profile image80
    Deborah-Dianeposted 5 years ago

    My earnings are down from last month ... but that is not unusual.  Things seem to go up and down on all the sites.  This income is not like a regular paycheck.  When one site is down, another one may be up ... or it may be down, too.  I enjoy writing, and it thrills me to make money from it.  However, I am also diversified on many websites, and I have kept my day job, too.  Just saying ....

  11. Sinea Pies profile image76
    Sinea Piesposted 5 years ago

    In my experience the better question would be am I faltering? It's so easy to get lazy or distracted when traffic drops off. At least, in my case, I've had fluctuations in how much attention I paid to my work.  I definitely want more traffic---don't we all!  But, to blame it on HubPages? Never! The staff is constantly working to give us a competitive edge, encourage us to reach higher levels of excellence and gain us good SE visibility. HubPages is fine!

    1. aa lite profile image92
      aa liteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's not a case of blaming HubPages, but if you look at the quantcast data, traffic has really dropped the last Google update.  The platform you publish on is important, this isn't  just down to individual writers.  Hopefully things will improve soon

    2. mattforte profile image92
      mattforteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Your own skills to write SEO friendly content and promote your work properly is far more important than the platform you publish on. There is a reason some hubbers get 10 hits a day from Google, while others get hundreds and more.

  12. laservader profile image60
    laservaderposted 5 years ago

    I have noticed it to, but this is because I usually try to update my hubs at the end of every month.

    1. ThompsonPen profile image78
      ThompsonPenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What do you mean you try to update your hubs?

  13. howlermunkey profile image91
    howlermunkeyposted 5 years ago

    NEY!!! No Way. some people might be zoning on the wrong things (or perhaps better stated, taking one perspective) me thinks. Traffic will be up and down. I used to watch traffic. Then I used to say that my goal was to get to a certain amount of hubs.....but now, I'm doing one hub at a time as best I can and having fun with it. I enjoy creating hubs, and I'm focused on one at a time now. Traffic will come back, in the meanwhile your still building a portfolio, making connections, getting solid practice and learning from all of the other hubbers out there. And besides, ask someone with a couple of thousand hubs if they are sad about traffic ups and downs. If you build them, they will come wink AND...
    Have fun with it. Write something that you enjoy, with the intention of making a person laugh, lift a person's spirit, help somebody cope, etc.

  14. Dale Hyde profile image84
    Dale Hydeposted 5 years ago

    Yes. I would just put the one word, "yes", as that is my full answer, but I get the message, "Your answer is too short. Please make it longer."  A nice example, lol.

  15. somethgblue profile image87
    somethgblueposted 5 years ago

    My page views and traffic has been going up since day one and has never stopped moving in that direction. I equate it with learning and applying this knowledge as I go. However I also think that you should go back and improve hubs and constantly prune them like you would a garden, weed out the bad ones nurture your writing skills, branch out on topics, plant new seeds and move in different directions.

    I haven't really put a lot of emphasis on money, just improving my writing and grammar, trying to implement advice. Be willing to try new ideas, keeping an open mind.

    I guess just working on the things I can control and letting the other things work themselves out.

  16. Lizam1 profile image83
    Lizam1posted 5 years ago

    In my opinion hub pages is still a great opportunity to put out one's thoughts and articles, improve writing skills and connect with other writers.  My traffic has drastically fallen and my small income is 50% down from last month, up to that time it had been climbing by a dollar or two each month.  I don't think that is down to hub pages and has more to do with google.  I have to also confess to not promoting myself as well as I should be using SEO and keywords - just writing for the pleasure right now.

  17. Joan King profile image71
    Joan Kingposted 5 years ago

    I don't think some of the changes are working. The Idling of articles makes no sense to me. I have written for another site where I have almost 1,000 articles. I haven't written anything new for a year on that site because I was building my Hubs on this site, but still get a reasonable passive  income. The best thing is that none of my articles have been "unfeatured' and set to idle on the other site Even the poor performing ones still remain and still make some money, because  you never know when they will get a surge. If we waste time fixing articles which don't really need fixing, there is less time to produce new articles. Just my opinion.

    1. Cambiojoe profile image60
      Cambiojoeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ... and that other site is?

  18. everymom profile image75
    everymomposted 5 years ago

    Hi, I have not been very consistent at all - indeed, I've been downright inattentive - to my HubPages but my earnings are actually growing, albeit extremely slowly. I think we need to take the time to familiarize ourselves with content monetization techniques and optimize our Hubs. It's true that we should not have to update our content to keep it fresh or visible, but Google has updated to Panda (and I think also from Panda now, right?) and changed how things are done. We need to stay alert, write the best articles we can, then go back and optimize (the optimization should be our updating, perhaps).
    I have a question as well...on what other sites are Hubbers writing, to generate passive income? Thanks!

  19. skgrao profile image72
    skgraoposted 5 years ago

    We must take pride in others work, if some one you on the road over takes you it doesn't mean there is no traffic.
    Income - my fingers, I have 360 Hubs 50% marked Zz and 3 years have gone not a cent I got from NonSence. I have GoodSence and my pocket Full & Hot.

  20. Gloshei profile image61
    Glosheiposted 5 years ago

    I have not been on this sight for a while but for me Hubpages have never stopped keeping me informed with all the activity going on.
    Over a period of time they have had a lot to contend with and are doing their best, as long as we keep updating wirting interesting hubs it will bounce back that's for sure.
    What makes it frustrating are the earnings it seems to take forever to get anywhere even if you hub has a lot of viewings. Perhaps this is up to Google as well.

    1. skgrao profile image72
      skgraoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It frustrating are the earnings it seems to take forever to get anywhere even if you hub has a lot of viewings. Perhaps this is up to Google as well.

  21. sereseus profile image73
    sereseusposted 5 years ago

    I am a new member but i can say that hubpages is a great community that helps everyone.I am sure that it will bounce back.